Google Has Yet To Let Us Down; Why Not Take A Seat On the Bandwagon And Enjoy the Ride

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The rise of social media has sparked a seemingly endless stream of ideas that encourage us all to share. It seems every social platform out there is geared to connect people from all over the world and foster an ever evolving sense of togetherness. From the sharing of our personal lives and interests on Myspace to the sharing of pictures, videos and business ideas on Facebook, the landscape is constantly changing. One question that will always be at the forefront of our minds is “what’s next?” Well, Google+ is next! I know you’re probably thinking “how is Google+ any different from the rest of the social platforms out there?”  Well, Google does one thing very well and that’s lead the world in engaging conversations. After its incorporation on September 4, 1998 Google took off with its search engine. Now, 15 years later, Google has changed the game and has become not only the number 1 search engine online but also a major influencer in social behavior.

Consider This:

  1. Google connected us all in 1998 through its emerging search engine, giving us the ability to search for each other and for things we wanted to know more about.
  2. Google gave us a way to view the world  from above by acquiring a company called Keyhole, Inc. and developing what is now called Google Earth
  3. By acquiring Youtube in October 2006, Google  gave us a way to stay engaged through the sharing of video. Even though the company did not create the service, it is now one of Google’s biggest and most used services worldwide. YOU CAN’T BEAT THAT!
  4. Google gave us a way to communicate to one another, for business and personal means, through its launch of Gmail in February 2007.

With all of these social innovations considered, I think it’s safe to say that Google has done quite well in its social efforts. Now, Google has integrated its social services into one platform.

Now, the new kid on the block is Google+.  Google+ is a fairly new social platform compared to others like: Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. However, I will say that Google+ differentiates itself by focusing primarily on shared interests rather than shared friends.

Google+ allows its users to segment their interests and send posts, pictures and videos that correspond to that interests. For example, I’m a huge fan of baseball. So I made a circle and named it “Baseball HOF” (Hall of Friends). I’m able to dedicate posts directly do that circle of friends without my other circles seeing the post. Not only that but I can see what my friends are posting about baseball and engage with them by commenting or video chatting through Google Hangouts.  I don’t know about you but I’m excited to see where Google goes next!


Brew City Sigmas Look to Reclaim Crown in 14th Annual Brew City Stomp Down


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 Brew City Sigmas Look to Reclaim Crown in 14th Annual Brew City Stomp Down



MILWAUKEE (February 21, 2013) — The eight-time winning Brew City Sigmas will be one of 5 performing teams to take the stage at Marquette University’s Varsity Theatre this Saturday at 6 p.m. They look to reclaim their title as Brew City champions from last year’s winners, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

Brew City Sigmas were dubbed step show champions in 2007 and have, since then, won 3 consecutive titles. The team has spent the past 4 months preparing for what they call “the step show to remember.” The team, having crafted a series of complex steps and rhythmic cadences, has become one of the event’s most respected competitors.

The team consists of seven members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., all serving or has served in one of Wisconsin’s three distinguished chapters: Kappa Rho, Theta Beta and Theta Mu.

“This year’s competition is the biggest and most anticipated because everyone’s bringing their A game,” said one member of the Sigma team. “I’m honored to be stepping against last year’s step show champions.”

Brew City Stomp Down 2013 is set to open its doors at 5:30 p.m. The show is set to begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase in Brooks Lounge in Marquette University’s Alumni Memorial Union.

The National Pan Hellenic Council at Marquette has hosted the Brew City Stomp Down for a number of years, bringing reputable hosts like 106 and Park’s Free and Chicago’s POWER 92 radio personalities Hot Rod and QBreeze. Not to mention getting local DJ’s like DJ PoizonIvy to keep the crowd on its toes.

The first Brew City step show competition dates back to February 1999, marking this year’s event the 14th annual step show competition. The success of Brew City was made possible due to the collaborative effort of  Marquette’s 1998-1999 NPHC administration. The first male and female teams to ever win this competition are Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.


The brothers of Phi Beta Sigma are the Fraternity’s most valuable resource and strength. They are the primary means by which the Phi Beta Sigma objectives will be achieved. In order to accomplish the Fraternity’s objectives, it is essential that systems are instituted that effectively embody “Culture For Service and Service For Humanity” and promote brotherhood, scholarship and service.